Client Blog

Ruffwear Vest Fit Guide

NEADS is pleased to introduce a new Service Dog vest, manufactured by Ruffwear and designed in partnership with NEADS. Features include: Comfortable vest allows for full range of motion A durable, water-resistant, easy-to-clean fabric Innovative magnetic buckles for easy on/off A Ruffwear-approved silk-screening process for the NEADS logo and Service/Assistance Dog designation A “Do Not…

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Winter Fundraising

We did it!  We survived the holiday season and all the shopping, planning, celebrating and indulging in treats that go with it. Now it’s time to get down to business and think about some winter fundraising! The winter may seem like a tough time to fundraise due to the bad weather and the strong desire…

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Winter Fitness for your NEADS dog

Keeping your Service/Assistance Dog fit year round can be a struggle, especially for those who live in areas where winter weather is unpredictable or inhospitable.  Extreme temperatures, ice and snow can limit outdoor time to bathroom-only breaks and leave little access for handlers with mobility challenges.  But working dogs must be kept in prime condition…

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Holiday Fundraising

  The holidays are fast approaching and that means it’s the perfect time to fundraise!  This is a fantastic time of year to tap into the seasonal spirit and have some fun doing it.  Here are some of my favorite ideas that are great for kids and adults alike:   Candy grams – Buy lots of…

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Awareness of Dangerous Outdoor Toxins

Many of you know about the dangers of certain plants and mushrooms for your dogs. As you and your dog enjoy the weather and spend time outdoors and around the garden, here are some other dangerous toxins to be aware of. This is by no means a complete list but it’s a good start. Pesticides – Pesticides are…

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Rules for a Reason

When you attend your intensive client training period at NEADS, the trainers spend a lot of time going over what the dogs currently understand as rules, what they have been expected to do (or not to do) throughout their puppyhood and finally how you are expected to continue their training. Assuming responsibility for a specially…

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Client Alumni Facebook Group

The Client Alumni Facebook Group is open to active NEADS teams – upon the completion of training clients receive an invite to the group.  This group is sponsored by NEADS and is monitored by NEADS staff members.  It is a place for you to share with other NEADS clients. The content is up to you –…

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First-Aid and Safety

Having a first-aid kit in your home is an important part of being a responsible teammate to your Service Dog.  According to The Humane Society of the United States you should have pet specific supplies such as:  Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions!) and a poison-control center or hotline (such…

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Keep ’em Slim and Trim

By now you know that NEADS is very concerned with the body condition of their working dogs.  We track the weight of each dog from puppyhood through adulthood, watching growth closely and monitoring body condition each time we lay eyes on the dog. We record changes in weight and adjust feeding rations as well as exercise plans…

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